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We pack Family Physicians Group’s health blog with valuable medical tips and research you can immediately use to improve your health. From disease prevention and symptom recognition to important updates about our medical community, you get the latest wellness information that lets you take charge of your health. 

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Many times, prostate cancer has no symptoms. It's caught during an early screening or during a routine checkup. That is why it is so important for men over 50 to have regular screenings, which are provided at no charge to you at Family Physicians Group. Read More
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The Risk Factors of Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition affecting the joints in your body causes stiffness and pain. Nearly one in five American adults have it, but anyone can get it. Are you at risk for developing Arthritis? Read More
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcoholism among older adults is on the rise. Family members, friends, pharmacists, and health care providers can all be involved in preventing drug abuse among older adults. Know the behavior associated with alcoholism, so you can look out for the senior(s) in your life. Read More
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Ladies: Get a Mammogram

The single greatest cause of breast cancer is age, so that’s why annual mammograms are so important for your well-being. Did you know that mammograms actually can detect changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them? If this isn’t reason enough to convince you to get your annual screening here are some more incentives. Read More
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Be Heart Smart. Get Your Heart Screened.

Heart disease (a catchall term including heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number one killer in the United States, killing hundreds of thousands of us every year. Many Americans have gone their entire lives without knowing their risk of heart disease and without changing their behavior to manage it. Family Physicians Group, and really the entire medical community, would like to change that. Read More
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Healthy Aging Means Prevention

Did you know that seniors no longer have to pay for preventive health screenings? Read More
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Is Your Diet Giving You Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country today, killing over 4,000 Americans every month. That figure far out-paces all other nations. But why is the United States uniquely susceptible to colon cancer deaths? Well, it's because of our diets. Read More
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Nutrition for People with Diabetes

In honor of National Nutrition Month (every March) we've come up with a list of some of the best and worst foods for diabetics. If you eat the right foods, you are consuming essential, healthier carbohydrates to help you control your sugar intake. People eating the wrong foods will only exacerbate your condition. Read More
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Food to Fight Cholesterol

You are what you eat is nowhere more defined than in your cholesterol levels. It's pretty simple, if you eat a bad diet, you will get high cholesterol. But, you don't have to give up great tasting foods simply because your cholesterol is high. Read More
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What Are the Types of Cholesterol?

You've had your blood tested and your physician has come back to tell you that your LDL is high and you need to lower your Triglycerides. Most people aren't sure what exactly that means, so here's the description of your cholesterol, from the American Heart Association. Read More
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What is Cholesterol?

Almost everyone has heard of cholesterol. After all, it's one of the top factors your physician will look at in a blood test. But what is cholesterol? Here's a great article from the American Heart Association: Read More
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Prevent Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is usually indiscriminate. It affects 1 in 6 men in the United States and it is critical all men over 50 receive annual screenings, which are provided at no-cost to you at Family Physicians Group. Read More
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Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Are you at risk for prostate cancer? If you are a man, you have a 1 in 6 chance you will develop prostate cancer at some point during your lifetime, with the odds increasing as you grow older. It's imperative you are checked for prostate cancer on a regular basis. Read More
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The Different Types of Flu

The flu can be confusing. After all, the media talks about swine flu, bird flu, H1NH1, equine flu, bat flu and others. However, there are really only three different types of the influenza virus - A, B and C - and the flu shot covers most of those, types A and B. Read More
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Dog and Cat Flu

This month, we're focusing a lot of attention on the flu and prevention. So much so, we got to thinking, "are our pets susceptible to the flu?" The truth will contribute to the long fought battle between cat owners and dog owners. Read More
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Cataract Awareness

August is Cataract Awareness Month and with more than 24 million Americans suffering needlessly from cataracts, here is some information from the non-profit group Prevent Blindness America: There are currently more than 24 million Americans age 40 and older who have cataract, according to the Vision Problems in the U.S. report from Prevent Blindness America. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Read More
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Flu Shots: Facts vs. Myths

We always hear from patients worried about getting a flu vaccine. After all, the flu has been around for our entire lifetimes and most of us have had the flu at some point. Today, however, fighting the flu is simple and safe. Here are four common myths of the flu and the flu shot from the Vermont Health Department. There should be no excuses to get your flu show as soon as they are available, and at FPG they are available now! Read More
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Get Protected From the Flu

While the number of people infected year to year varies, up to 40 percent of the entire population in the United States can be infected by the flu each year. Of those, 100,000 to 200,000 will be admitted to the hospital and approximately 36,000 will die. The flu is even more serious in seniors as the rate of hospitalization doubles for people older than 65. Read More
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Troubling News on Niacin

A recent study released in The New England Journal of Medicine reveals troubling news for patients taking niacin, a drug prescribed to patients with high cholesterol. Despite lowering LDL and triglyceride levels, and raising HDL levels, niacin did not improve overall vascular health and did not reduce adverse vascular events (such as myocardial infarction, cardiac death, stroke, or cardiac stenting) in patients already on statin therapy. Read More
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For Jess

Ordinarily, we like to post light-hearted, maybe humorous blogs on Fridays, but today’s blog is a very important one given to us by a fellow employee. Adam Proctor works in the Purchasing Department of Family Physicians Group, where he does a fantastic job buying and distributing important materials for the company. Adam’s story touched our hearts and we think it will have an impact on anyone who knows someone with diabetes. Please take a moment to read. Read More
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Diabetes Challenge: July 7-31

Most of what we eat is transformed into fuel for our bodies. This fuel is known as glucose, a simple sugar and the primary source of energy for our body’s cells. Without glucose, we couldn’t grow or have the energy to live our lives. Unfortunately, glucose doesn’t store well and a body afflicted by diabetes will experience difficulty holding onto that energy. Read More
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Prostate Cancer

More than 200,000 American men are affected by prostate cancer, making it the second most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the United States. Fortunately, it is a very slow developing cancer confined to the prostate gland. So as long as it is detected early, prostate cancer is very curable. Read More
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Men’s Health Month!

June is Men’s Health Month and at Family Physicians Group we encourage all of our male patients to seek early detection and treatment for diseases among males. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness of conditions and the necessary screenings, so men can continue to live a healthy and active life. Read More
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Sun Safety Week 2014

We love living in the Sunshine State, but so much sunny weather can have a downside. Exposure to the sun may cause wrinkles and age spots and worse: skin cancer. Some senior citizens remain unconcerned about the negative effects of the sun’s rays, but it's important for to protect your skin, particularly in old age. Read More
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National Cancer Survivor Day is Sunday!

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, celebration where friends, family, organizations and cancer survivors get together and celebrate life after cancer. Millions of people are living with cancer, and this is a celebration to honor those who have fought cancer and won, giving hope and courage to those who are still in the battle against this horrible disease. Read More
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Type 2 Diabetes Warning Signs

There are three basic types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of all diabetics. In Type 2 diabetes, one of two things will happen – either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Read More
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Keep Your Blood Pressure Low

High blood pressure is sneaky. You can have it and not know it. That’s why it is called a “silent killer”. Over time, high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure. But, this doesn’t have to happen to you. Regular blood pressure checks and healthy lifestyle choices are the tools to help you prevent or control high blood pressure. Read More
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Bone Density Scans

Modern health screening technology can detect bone loss in the early stages when you are unable to feel it. When bones lose density; they become weaker and more likely to break. Read More
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Diabetes Health Risk Reduction

There’s good news in healthcare! A recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed a substantial decrease in health risks amongst diabetics. The report shows that adopting a healthy lifestyle can prevent or dramatically reduce type 2 diabetes along with other health related issues. It’s the first credible report that has shown us that all the work on reducing the risks of these preventable diseases are paying off. Read More
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App Helps Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcoholism is a chronic illness and after receiving alcohol therapy many individuals will unfortunately relapse. In a recent article, the Journal of the American Medical Association identifies a smartphone app designed to assist patients diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Read More
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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is defined as any involuntary leakage of urine. It is extremely common in the elderly, whereas 1 in 10 people aged 65 or older have these issues. Read More
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Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a gradual loss in renal function during a period of several weeks or years.Your kidneys filter wastes and excess liquids out of your bloodstream that are then flushed away as urine. Read More
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American Diabetes Association Alert Day!

Did you know that one in four Americans have diabetes, yet many aren’t even aware that they have the disease? Today, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes. Read More
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Why You Should Get Tested For Colorectal Cancer

The CDC recommends that all seniors 50 to 75 be screened for colon cancer as the best defense against the disease. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, yet statistics show that one third of seniors have never been accurately tested. Read More
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Aspirin for Curbing Heart Disease

Aspirin is an over the counter medicine, but the label does not give you directions or proper dosage on how to lower the risk of heart attacks and clot-related strokes. How do you choose whether or not a daily, preventive dose of aspirin is correct for you? And if it is, how do you lower the risk of side effects? Read More
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Ten fun heart facts you probably didn’t know

We all know the importance of taking care of the heart, but here’s some fun facts about the heart that you probably didn’t know. Read More
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10 Tips for a Healthier Heart

Heart disease is the primary cause of death for both women and men, but you can prevent heart problems by adopting healthy lifestyle changes. Heart Health begins by taking small steps towards prevention. Here are ten tips for a healthier heart. Read More
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February is Heart Health Month

You know Valentine’s Day is the holiday for the heart, but did you also know that the entire month of February is dedicated to heart health? Heart disease is the primary cause of death for both men and women; in the United States over 600,000 individuals die from heart disease each year– that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Read More
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What it means to Go Red

Over the past ten years, the first Friday of February has been National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Heart Disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer and has been called “the silent killer” because often there are no detectable symptoms. Read More
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Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses

The idea of using contact lenses for diabetic monitoring has been around for years, but now Google is developing and testing the lenses to help individuals with diabetes to monitor and control blood sugar levels. Read More
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Heart Disease

Heart disease is a general phrase used to identify an array of diseases that affect your heart. The different diseases that fall under the umbrella of heart disease include diseases of your blood vessels, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); heart infections; and heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects). Read More
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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease - also called CAD- is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the US. It can be a subtle disease that is easily missed by many people. Read More
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Seniors and Alcoholism

Statistically, the use of alcohol and other drugs decline as people grow older, however a sizable percentage of today’s older adults are drinking more. It is estimated that nine percent of Medicare beneficiaries’ age 65 or older consume more than the recommended amount of alcohol. Read More
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Cervical Cancer Prevention for Older Woman

Cancer is the leading cause of death among seniors and cervical cancer is the number two killer of woman worldwide. The older you get the risk of getting cancer including cervical cancer increases. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus, called the humanpapilloma virus (HPV), so older woman are still at risk. Read More
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What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Multiple disease states and their detrimental effects on morbidity and mortality can be prevented or minimized with effective and timely nutrition and lifestyle intervention. Nutrition intervention and counseling provided by a Registered Dietitian, when part of a health care team, have a positive impact on body weight, blood pressure and glycated hemoglobin, (A1C). Read More
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Quitting Smoking?

You’re considering quitting smoking, and that’s a great first step. Next, you’ll want to seek out resources to help you quit for good. If you are a senior you may remember the anti smoking commercial called “Like Father, Like Son” which first aired in 1967 and ran until 1982. If you don’t remember the original PSA we have provided the video to trigger your memory. Read More
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How to Cope with Depression During the Holiday Season

Ordinarily, the holiday season is a time of celebration and togetherness. But there are those who find it to be a very difficult time of the year. Read More
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What is Glaucoma and Why Should You Get Tested?

Ensure your independence and wellbeing by utilizing preventative care. Driving is a privilege that many seniors don’t want to give up, but we all know the time will come when it’s no longer safe to operate a vehicle. Read More
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Medicare now covers Obesity screening & counseling

It is estimated that around 30 percent of all Medicare recipients are obese, which can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. Maybe you or someone you know is one of these individuals who have struggled with weight issues. Read More
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Arterial Hypertension

Arterial hypertension afflicts 30% of adults. It is defined by a resting systolic blood pressure of greater than or equal to 140 or a diastolic blood pressure of greater than or equal to 90, verified by at least one other high reading. Read More
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Prostate Cancer Screenings Save Lives

What do you think, feel or see when you hear the words prostate cancer? If you’re like me just hearing the words trigger my body to cringe as my thoughts go to a friend who battled the disease for years. While not everyone has experienced this type of tragedy statistics do indicate that someone you know has or has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Read More
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Diabetes Prevention and Control

In 2011, the American Diabetes Association estimated that within the United States, 25.8 (8.3% of the population) million children and adult live with diabetes. An additional 58% of the population, 179 million people, is affected with pre diabetes! Read More
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Help Those With Diabetes

Family Physicians Group is determined to spread the word and raise some much-needed funds for research by sponsoring Red Striders at the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to STOP Diabetes. Read More
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Remember to Get a Flu Shot

It would be ideal if our body’s immune system strengthened with age, but unfortunately studies have shown the opposite to be true. As people age, their immune system weakens, making them more susceptible to the flu. Read More
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3 Easy Steps For Proper Disease Management

There are few things in life that are going to affect as many areas as your personal health. For centuries people have been trying to understand the make up of the human body and ways that the body can be properly cared for. The end result for most of these individuals is living longer, healthier lives. And while there is nothing wrong with desiring to live longer, there are few people who are dedicated to what it takes to live a longer and healthier life. Read More
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